Aberdeen Festivals 2017: with Skene House


Skene House Apartment Hotels is delighted to be a part of Aberdeen Festivals 2017. The city will see ten festivals running throughout the year across Aberdeen and shire; world class performances, international premiers, art, dance, science, technology and music.

As one of the partners of Aberdeen Festivals we want to make sure that our guests and our blog readers don’t miss a thing. With three city centre properties Skene House is ideally located for all the gigs, performances and workshops you wish to attend. We offer free parking so it’s easy to drop off the car and explore Aberdeen at leisure, or drive out to an Aberdeenshire event without having to worry about parking on your return.

2017-whats-coming-upSkene House offers the appeal of an apartment (personal kitchen and lounge space) alongside the benefits of a hotel. For example our receptions are manned 24 hours, which is reassuring if you’re returning from a late night concert, or want help with directions or booking taxis to events.


Spectra Festival of Light

2017 kicks off with the dazzling and illuminating Spectra Festival of Light from 9-12 February 2017. Running for four nights, Spectra will see internationally renowned artists light up Marischal College, Union Terrace Gardens, St Nicholas Kirkyard and Seventeen (Aberdeen’s Creative Hub on Belmont Street). This is just the start of a year’s worth of entertainment.

15-19 MARCH Aberdeen Jazz Festival – As well as internationally renowned artists the festival also delivers a range of free lunchtime concerts from young upcoming jazz bands from across the city’s schools. Jazz on the Green, a free one day outdoor event, will be held on Sunday 19 March in the heart of Aberdeen’s Merchant Quarter. Bring on the sunshine.


Look Again Festival

27 APRIL – 1 MAY Look Again is a visual art and design festival. Last year it transformed the familiar (familiar landmarks, familiar parts of the city) into pieces of art. For example a giant balloon was inserted into an often overlooked alleyway, suddenly drawing attention to a low key part of the city. A gigantic D-Lock bicycle chain was locked around the pillars of the Art Centre, representing locking in talent in Aberdeen. Where will Look Again strike in 2017?

26-28 MAY May Festival offers a mixed bag of creativity and conversation. Held by the University of Aberdeen it offers shows, talks, concerts, readings and tours hosted by famous faces, performers, Aberdeen University students and staff. A highlight will be the citizen’s dig, celebrating Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.


Aberdeen International Youth Festival

28 JULY – 5 AUGUST The Aberdeen International Youth Festival welcomes a host of young musical, artistic, theatrical and creative talents from around the world to the Granite City. It’s been a fixture in the Aberdeen calendar since 1973, welcoming over 27,500 youngsters to perform here. Having sponsored the Young Musician of the Year Award at AIYF for over twenty years Skene House will be following this festival to spot the latest new talent emerging.

26 AUGUST – 25 SEPTEMBER If science, technology, engineering and maths are more your bag then TechFest might be the festival of choice. Reaching out to adults and children, the festival aims to inspire creativity at the forefront of technology.


True North

7-9 SEPTEMBER True North offers up a musical range of gigs, concerts and performances from local and international artists. From intimate performances in small venues, to jumping, busy concerts, True North is the sound of the city.

9-17 SEPTEMBER NEOS (North East Open Studios). Every year artists open their studio doors to give the public a look behind the scenes; a chance to take a peak at the sketchpads, the preliminary drawings, the sculptures, the pots and paintings, and the actual homes of some of Aberdeen’s artistic locals.

12-28 OCTOBER For a dalliance with dance DanceLive is running over three weekends in 2017. From watching a range of dance, to participating in workshops, visitors can spectate or immerse themselves in the art form. From contemporary dance to ballet and improvisation, find a movement for your mood.

26 OCTOBER – 12 NOVEMBER sound is about innovation and musical discovery. Explore new music, and listen as genres collide and overlap. From contemporary classical, to electro-acoustic, improvised, experimental and jazz music, sound festival invites you to explore the beat of Aberdeen through lunchtime performances, concerts and late night sessions.

At Skene House we want to encourage our visitors to get the most out of their stay in Aberdeen. Skene House Whitehall and Skene House Rosemount are ideally situated for His Majesty’s Theatre, Seventeen Creative Hub, Citymoves dance space and Union Terrace Gardens. Skene House Holburn is a few minutes walk from the Green. But all city centre venues are walkable from any Skene House property. We provide guests, who book directly with us, a complimentary breakfast so you can spend more time planning your itinerary of festival events. So book your tickets, book your accommodation and get festival ready.

Find out more about Skene House’s leisure weekends here, call +44 1224 659 392 or email



17 thoughts on “Aberdeen Festivals 2017: with Skene House

  1. Talya says:

    Oooh I would love to visit Aberdeen festival – it looks like a fantastic experience!

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      There are ten to choose from so find one that fits your passion in life.

  2. Joanna says:

    Some great sounding festivals I’d love to go to some of these as they would be a great experience

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      The first one, Spectra, the light/illumination festival is just round the corner. So many beautiful installations to look at, very creative too so we’re looking forward to it.

  3. Jo says:

    That looks like a lot of fun. I’ve never been, but might have to put it on the itinery for this year!

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      Ten festivals to choose between so select the time of year that suits you and go for it!

  4. Kat says:

    These festivals look amazing, I’m sure you can recharge your batteries for the whole year! The one in May- visual art and design festival is the most interesting to me!

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      Good choice, for me it’s between that one and Spectra (the light festival), though admittedly I also love NEOS when you can visit artists houses and get a sneaky peak behind the scenes. Thanks for visiting.

  5. Wow some really exciting things coming up this year. I would love to visit Aberdeen this year and take some of this in.

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      It’s great to tie a city break in with a festival. So much going on. You know where we are if you visit!

  6. I’ve never been to Aberdeen but this all sounds like so much fun!

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      Variety is the spice of life. Would be lovely to welcome you to Aberdeen soon.

  7. It sounds like there will be lots of festivals going on, something for everyone xx

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      It’s definitely a good mix.

  8. Kara says:

    The festival of light looks amazing, I love that cloud

    1. Skene House Blogger says:

      There are also some eye-catching skulls I believe! Quite dramatic.

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